After watching the best game of the college football season so far this year in Virginia Tech’s loss to Championship bound Boise State, I have come to the conclusion that the BCS system's days are numbered. The opinion on thousands of sports talk radio shows these days is that the one thing that BCS supporters do not want to happen is for a team like Boise to repeatedly go undefeated by playing maybe one or two challenging games per year and then be considered for a title shot.
The BCS was set up to numerically place the best teams in the title game each year based on strength of schedule, and, in some cases, longevity of winning from season to season. Boise has the longevity of winning starting with the upset of Oklahoma from a couple of years ago, but the one thing that they have lacked over the years has been a legitimate strength of schedule. Boise is in Western Athletic Conference. a conference that is home to teams such as Utah State, Fresno State, Hawaii, and San Jose State to name a few.
The WAC is a conference that is on the top level of college football, however, is not considered an elite or, better yet, a BCS conference such as the SEC or the Pac-10. Boise State has set out to become the exception to top the BCS rule. Most people would assume that the large major conferences would be the only ones able to attract the best athletes, and conferences like the WAC would get the lower level talent thus only allowing for the teams in the WAC to collectively be mediocre in comparison to the BCS conferences.
Some how through increased exposure and some incredible recruiting Boise has become a WAC power house and a BCS giant killer. Now the question is, should a team that plays in a weak non BCS conference with one of the weakest strengths of schedule in the country be eligible to compete for the national Championship against a one or two loss team from the SEC or even the Big East that has played a scheduled ranked in the top five in terms of strength of schedule in that nation? This is the great debate for talk radio fans to salivate over.
My opinion goes as follows, I feel that now that the formula has been figured out by Boise State what’s to stop a low level team from a BCS conference such as North Carolina, or Vanderbilt from dropping out of there respective conferences and dropping down to a non-BCS conference with the goal of generating a winning tradition by becoming a powerhouse in a weaker conference? Many people would rebut this theory by saying that most schools that are in these power conferences would be dumb to give up the guaranteed money that they get from set rivalry games.
My answer to this would be if a team is interested in winning and revitalizing there football program legally this would be a great gamble to take and at the end of the day as my former football coach would say to us “winning cures a lot of things”. With Boise entering the picture as a national power with little regular season resistance in conference it takes the computer out of the BCS and inserts human polling and human judgment as to who should get the opportunity to be considered the best team in the country.
The BCS has long been scrutinized for debates such as a placing a two loss BCS team in the championship game over a one-loss BCS team due to its strength of schedule. The Boise debate is the newest in a long line of debates that the BCS has created. A lot of people would like to see Boise join a powerhouse conference like the SEC to prove that they have earned the right to be considered to play in the national championship game. This will not happen at this time because they have found a winning formula and the debate is in their favor. The only solution to the debate is to implement a playoff system in college football and to let the teams decide who is the best instead of a computer and voters.